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Senate inquiry into wind power a ‘stitch-up’

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The Clean Energy Council (CEC) has accused a Senate inquiry of a “biased political stitch-up” against the renewable energy industry.

The probe into wind power found “nothing new”, according to the Council, while making a series of “radical recommendations that would destroy the future of renewable energy”.

The Senate report was due to be tabled in Parliament on Monday, but details were leaked to the media on Friday.

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According to News Corp, the report will push the government to limit the length of certification for new wind farms to five years. At present the limit is more than 20 years.

“Adopting these reckless recommendations would damage Australia’s international investment reputation, right when we are finalising major agreements with some of our biggest trading partners,” CEC chief Kane Thornton said.

“Business needs stability and confidence to invest, and this has only recently been restored to the renewable energy sector after 18 months of uncertainty.

“Hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of projects have been announced since a deal on the Renewable Energy Target was legislated, and these will create hundreds of jobs and major investment in regional and rural areas of the country.

“Adopting the headline recommendation of this report would be economically reckless, and shows some of the senators are out of touch with the business community and the Australian people, who overwhelmingly support renewable energy.

“Australians should be disappointed with this Senate inquiry, given the clear breach of proper parliamentary process and the way it has been used to prosecute a personal crusade by a small number of senators.”

The Senate inquiry is led crossbenchers David Leyonhjelm, John Madigan and Bob Day.


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